Do you remember Show and Tell from elementary school? You agonized each week what to bring to show the class and then ended up grabbing a random He-Man character as you were running for the school bus ("um...this is She-Ra. And she's a friend or something of He-Man. And she comes with this little plastic snake.").
If you didn't have Show and Tell at your school, it was pretty simple: you brought in an object and got up in front of the class and spoke about it for a minute. Then, if you had a nice teacher as I had, the teacher encouraged you to let it be passed around the classroom. Everyone examined your object and then it made its way back to you. And you were the kindergarten equivalent to the Rock-Star-Bat-Mitzvah girl that day.
I'm kicking it old school and reinstating weekly Show and Tell starting...now.
Here's how it works.
If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item.
Extra points if you take us down memory lane, teach us something new, or make me cry. Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I will post a new Show and Tell post every Sunday. You can make your Show and Tell post a separate post or include it as a small section of a larger post. Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.
So, classmates, let's begin.
Since books are a huge part of my life, I thought I would begin by showing you my favourite book of all time: The Phantom Tollbooth.
The first time I read it, I was in first grade and I brought the school library's copy to class as a Show and Tell object. I loved this book so much that I always refused to read the last page because I thought that if I didn't read it, the book didn't end. I am terrible with endings.
I think I loved it so much not because I wanted to be like Milo, risking life and limb to save the princesses (okay, so not really life and limb, but the Terrible Trivium was pretty damn scary), but I loved the idea of a world where a random gift could pop up one day in your bedroom. I used to wrap gifts for myself in the morning and will myself to forget about them so I could be surprised in the afternoon. It didn't really work.
This is the book that made me want to be a writer.
What are you showing today?
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
- Spuddy Buddy
- Kir's Corner
- Busted Babymaker
- Serenity Now!
- Waiting for My Turn
- Life From Here
- The Sweet Life
- Imagine Alyzabeth An
- Life After Infertility and Loss
- Bloorb This!
- There's Hope
- The Therapist is In
- Living with the Cards I was Dealt
- Quiet Sanctuary
- Weebles Wobblog
- Fumbling Towards Eggstacy
- Infertility on the Brain
- Baby, Borneo, or Bust
- The Only Constant is Change
- In Search of Biscuit 2.0
- Dreams Come True...Sometimes